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Further concerns

To the Valley News:

I am worried that Mr. Fenimore’s misinformation and incorrect data in his recent letter may cause concern for some Elizabethtown residents.

I wish Mr. Fenimore had attended the meeting, which the rest of the Town Board had with our Town Attorney. If he had chosen to bee there, he would understand that the notice of claim the town received from the engineering firm of Barton & Loguidice is not a lawsuit. The notice is sent in an attempt to collect $154,964 from the Town for unpaid bills. The bulk of this claim, for $106,395, dates back to 2009 and 2011. These bills were incurred while Mr. Fenimore and the previous Town Board were in office, and the bills were never paid.

I have sent two registered letters to the engineering company asking for proper documentation of all charges, including date the work was done, what kind of work was done, and what products and services were completed. I have also asked the company for sewer building plans, building specifications, bid documents, and the 50 compact discs that the town was owed. To date the Town has already paid this company over $700,000 and has not received any of the promised materials.

The engineering company did not answer my requests for the itemized billing, so I turned the matter over to our town attorney, who is attempting to get the necessary information and documents from them.

The New York DEC holds the grant money, which is paying for the sewer project. They require detailed billing statements before they will release money to the Town.

I am surprised that Mr. Fenimore’s attention to the town finances was not exercised during the previous administration, where he served as a Board member for six years. Some of these bills have gone unpaid for three or more years. If he had been paying attention to the Town finances then, perhaps we would not be receiving a notice of claim now.

Margaret Bartley, Elizabethtown Supervisor

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